What Are Some Steps in Writing a Five Paragraph Essay?

To write a five-paragraph essay, follow an essay outline, and pay attention to details. A five-paragraph essay generally includes an introduction, three body paragraphs and a conclusion.

Begin the introductory paragraph with an interesting statement or "hook" that grabs the reader's attention. This might be a shocking statistic, strong statement or even a quotation from a famous person. Next, introduce the topic in two to three sentences. The thesis statement, which comes next, is the most important element in the introductory paragraph. The thesis statement is usually one sentence long and expresses the writer's opinion or argument clearly and directly.

Use the three body paragraphs to support your thesis statement. Each body paragraph should begin with a topic sentence. The topic sentence gives one reason backing up the opinion in the author's thesis statement. Provide evidence for your reasoning using examples, explanations, facts and quotations from experts. Each body paragraph should include a different topic sentence and evidence, but they should all support the thesis.

The conclusion paragraph should re-state the thesis and the three body paragraphs in different words. You must also make some kind of conclusion statement, which often either provides a solution for a problem or makes a prediction.